Ambo University

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Ambo University is one of the foremost higher learning institutions with significant contributions in the country's overall development by building the capacity of development agents through short, medium and long term trainings in various fields since its establishment in 1939. After passing through various developmental stages, it has become autonomous independent university organized into five colleges, three institutes and two schools with more than 70 academic programs.

In addition to the President and the four vice President offices (Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Administrative and Student’s Service, Vice President for Research and & Community Service, and Vice President for Business and Development), the University is running with the following Academic and Administrative Directorates.


Academic Directorates

  • University –Industry linkage & Technology Transfer Directorate
  • Publication and Dissemination Directorate
  • Research  Directorate
  • Community Service Directorate
  • Distance & Continuing Education Directorate
  • Educational Quality Enhancement and Assurance Directorate
  • Information and Communication Technology Directorate
  • Student Service Directorate
  • Academic Programs Directorate


Administrative Directorates

  • Human Resource Management and Development Directorate
  • Public Relations  Directorate
  • Ethics and Anti Corruption Directorate
  • Reform & Good Governance Affairs Directorate
  • Institutional Policy and Planning Directorate
  • Finance Administration Directorate
  • Audit Service Directorate
  • Office of the Main Registrar Directorate
  • Procurement Directorate
  • Property Management Directorate
  • Main Library & Documentation Service Directorate
  • Income Generating and Development Directorate
  • Internal Audit Directorate
  • Legal Service office
  • Campus Security Directorate
  • General Service Directorate
  • Gender, Diversity and Inclusive Education Directorate


The University is presently exercising its full potential than ever before so as to meet its missions and is definitely in a rapid transformation. Its contribution to the country's development through conducting pertinent researches and outreach programs is also of paramount importance. Indeed, the University has a long standing experience in research and extension on viable technologies including poultry, dairy, horticulture, forestry, etc and is playing a significant role in improving the livelihood of local community.


In addition, the university engages in outreach programs providing training, consultancy and improved technology transfer services to the surrounding urban and rural community for which it received meritorious award from the government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Currently, the University is effectively running more than 70 undergraduate, 50 graduate (Masters) and 4 Post graduate (PhD) programs.

Now, it is training using more than 1353 highly competent local as well as more than 90 expatriate staff.

Ambo University is one of the fastest growing Ethiopian Universities, currently expanding to four campuses. In addition to the main campus, it has three functional campuses – Woliso (mainly for Business and Economics), Awaro (for Institute of Technology) and Guder (for College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences).


The University has been developing many new curricula both in undergraduate and graduate programs in areas pertinent to the country's development. Ambo University has immense location advantages mainly related to its proximity to the capital Addis only 114 kilometers to the West, and its excellent climate to attract competent staff to work closely with other institutions by sharing materials as well as human resources.


Mission, Vision, Core values

Vision Statement

Ambo University envisions becoming a renowned University of choice in eastern Africa

Mission Statement

Ambo University is dedicated to serve the Ethiopian society and the world in discovery, development and application of knowledge in wide range of disciplines. The university is committed to maintain and ensure the provision of quality, cost effective, timely and need- based education at undergraduate and graduate levels; engage in research and knowledge transfer; conduct short term trainings and consultancy; and offer community services in a professional and innovative manner so as to address the need of stakeholders.

The Core Values


The University values exemplary and distinguished performance in teaching, learning, research and community services and consultancy.

Diversity, tolerance and equity

The University upholds educational and work environment in which  all individuals and cultures are celebrated and respected for their unique talents and insights irrespective of ethnicity, gender, religion and physical and mental abilities and ensures justice in all opportunities.

Gender equity

The University is committed to work hard toward achieving gender equity within the University and the society in general.

Honesty and integrity

The University practices honesty and integrity in how it conducts its academic works; and models this ideal for students, employees, and the community at large.

Transparency and accountability

The University promotes openness, and functions and upholds answerable to the authority and the public.

Community participation and empowerment

Ambo University actively engages the community in development activities and projects that benefit and enable them to make informed decisions on matters that influence their lives.

Collaboration and partnership

Ambo University is committed to work with other educational institutions, government and non government agencies, industries, businesses and others groups to enhance the services it gives to the public.

Team spirit

Ambo University values a common commitment among its staffs and its students in achieving institutional goals. It promotes working collegially and cooperatively to enrich the work and social environment at the University.


See Ambo University Organizational Structure


Contact Person

Ato Tesema Workineh

Director, University Relations andAlumni Management


Tell No: - +251 112 36 31 64

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